Today was a strange day…a day that brought back a lot of memories. I was 6 years old when the students of Our Lady of Lourdes grade school were called in to the lunchroom for the words that live today in infamy. Those words, from Miss Lawler on the stage…that the President of the United States was assassinated.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was dead.
I can remember it like it was yesterday. She never looked at us, the students. She looked to her right, in the air, seemingly understanding the gravity of that day. It was not what she had planned for that day. I think she was my second grade teacher.
I’m not sure. I just remember the look on her face. It was cold. Very cold. The world for her changed that day. And so it did for a lot of Americans. Yes, John F. Kennedy was gone.
I remember going home. Seeing my mother surprised to see me as school was let out early because the nation suffered one of the most incredible emotional losses that will probably not be repeated. The television was on. And my mother was really good at keeping her emotions in place. But that announcement by Miss Lawler left a mark on my life as it did for so many of us that will never go away.
‘Ask not what your country can do for you,” JFK asked. ”Ask what you can do for your country.” He was amazing then and when you listen to John Kennedy now, he will still be amazing. He was classic. ”100 years of delay has passed since President Lincoln freed the slaves…” John Kennedy said. ”Yet their heirs, their grandsons, are not fully free.”
He was classic.
There will never be another. And he was taken away. Way too early. Way too early.
But I will never forget that day. Where were you? When JFK was taken from us.
Sometimes you have to think…that there is no God. Why? Why would he take away someone that could have shaped an America that is suffering so regularly today? Why would he or she, this so called God, delay the greatness that is America?
Today was a tough day for me. I will not be around 50 years from now to see the 100 year anniversary of this great man. This great man.
Gone way too soon.
Where were you? The day JFK died?
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